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January 25, 2014
Ultimate Preview: Pittsburgh
Three weeks ago at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, Maryland was locked at 28 with the red-hot Panthers as the first half wound down. Twenty-three minutes later, Pitt walked away with a convincing 20-point win. The snowball effect has most damagingly afflicted their offense, where the Terps abandon the concepts they've been taught and their screen-based offense devolves into one-on-one basketball.
• Mark Turgeon said guards Roddy Peters and Seth Allen sat in the second half due to not doing as they were asked on the court .
• Both Turgeon and Wells noted that the team has been impatient on the offensive end of the floor and they need to settle down and do what is asked of them.
KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Play two complete halves - The Terps looked like they had a good shot of winning up at Pittsburgh - for 18 minutes - before the wheels fell off. Maryland will need to play a full 40 minutes at home like they did the first 18 on the road.
2. Rebound, rebound, rebound - Maryland was able to hang with Pitt on the glass in the first matchup. If they can win the battle of the boards at home, they will have a very good chance of pulling the upset.
3. Patience - Mark Turgeon and Dez Wells talked about it, but the Terps need to show more patience on the offensive end of the court. They will need to get some good looks against a very good defensive team in Pittsburgh.